Imagine If Your Twitter Could Get You Killed
Internet trolls have been around as long as the internet itself. These people, whether out of anger, self-loathing, or just for fun, spend countless hours harassing others just for the sake of it.
While it’s hard to separate the jokesters from those looking to do actual harm, cyberbullying as a whole is an epidemic sweeping the globe, most affecting children and teenagers, more than half of whom have reported being the victim of cyberbullying at some point in time.
Perhaps the scariest part about online bullying is that it seems innocent to the person doing it; they don’t always realize the real-life consequences their comment have. People feel emboldened on the internet thanks to the anonymity it provides them, which allows them to dehumanize their victims to mere usernames and, thus desensitized, harass them.
Now, disturbing reports from Kuwait are showing what can happen when a Twitter troll truly intends to harm their victim. Though it may sound silly, the young women these trolls are targeting could face serious repercussions, even death.
Their freedom of speech comes at a price…
This deeply discomforting trend could have some real life and death consequences.